Euro Pride in Madrid
After last year’s massive Euro
Pride in London, the 2007 host city was chosen
to be the Spanish capital Madrid.
festival became the biggest ever EuroPride with a turnout of around 2.5 million
people. Also part of the cities Euro Pride program was a large sports
competition, the Sun Games.
was chosen for this year's EuroPride in recognition of the pro-gay reforms
introduced by the government. In 2005, the Parliament approved a host of
pro-gay measures capped by the legalization of same-sex marriage as well as the
right of same-sex couples to adopt children.
The main parade started at 6pm on Saturday 30th
June and carried on late into the night. Most English or American parades keep
spectators behind barriers, this one was just one big party, slowly moving
along the parade route at snails pace. It was very similar to Sao Paulo Pride
Big sound trucks lashed out the music and everyone just partied around them as
they slowing rolled down the street.
Madrid’s gay area is located around the
Chueca Underground/Tube Station.
A lot of good shops and bar’s around
the streets called Hortaleza and Pelaya.
A good hotel near Chueca is the 4*
Room Mate Óscar is a cheaper option and right next to Plaza
de Chueca. For more hotels check out these
budget / mid-range and
Keep a note in your diary for
the next annual Euro Pride:
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